Geocaching the Canadian Badlands this Summer


Geocaching – the worldwide treasure hunt with GPS – has grown immensely over the past eleven years with now more than 1.3 million caches hidden around the world. Enthusiasts load coordinates for individual caches from onto their GPS devices and head outdoors for the adventure of finding the caches. With this many people involved in the hobby, tourist organizations are now utilizing the sport to highlight their attractions, Alberta's Canadian Badlands Ltd. and Boomtown Trail are no exception. In fact, this summer, Three Hills will be the centre of the geocaching universe with people from all over North America, Europe and Australia attending a major geocaching event and exhibit.


As part of this initiative, the new GPS Adventures Canada Maze from Minotaur Mazes is launching its Canadian Tour with an exhibition in Three Hills this summer from June 1 to July 31, 2011.
The GPS Adventures Canada Maze is a fun and highly interactive educational opportunity for children and youth. It is a world-class exhibition that explains the many uses of GPS technology, including geocaching, and highlights cool geocaches in every Canadian province and territory.
Attendees will learn about GPS through interactive science experiences in a 1,500 square foot indoor maze and an outdoor GPS training course. The maze will take visitors through three main rooms - Tools of Discovery, Modern Explorer, and Discovering the Canadian Badlands - each dedicated to interactive science learning.
After exploring the indoor maze, participants in the outdoor course can locate nearby geocaches using GPS units available at the exhibition venue, and geocachers who log their attendance at the GPS Adventures Canada Maze can do so with a unique cache event icon.
Maze hours of operation are 1pm to 7pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Tours are welcome with advance booking. Admission Price: $4 adults, $2 youth under 17, FREE admission for school tours. Outside of regular hours, school tours are easily arranged by appointment, contact the office at 403 443 5504, Bob Cuthill (403 425 0220 Cell), or Kevin Edwards (403 443 8423 Cell).
Then on Saturday, July 16, 2011, Three Hills will host the Best of the Bad Mega Event (WestCan1). Held at the Centennial Place Arena and Prairie Bible College campus, this full day event will consist of seminars, specialty geocaching related vendors, kids' activities, a BBQ dinner, entertainment, and much more. In addition to the July 16th Mega, several smaller 'satellite' events are being held through the preceding week all over the Canadian Badlands and hundreds of new caches will be hidden to draw attention to the region's many wonders and attractions. Besides giving attendees the opportunity to explore the Canadian Badlands through geocaching, these events facilitate the building of community between cachers from all over the globe.